Mary Rowlandson Preface To The Reader Analysis

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The “Preface to the Reader,” the author characterizes the Indians as “Barbarians” and “Heathens” based on “causless enmity.” On the other hand, the author characterizes Mrs. Rowlandson as “worthy and precious gentlewoman” and the narrative was aimed at “benefit of the afflicted.” This essay is written to discuss Mary Rowlandson’s description of the natives change throughout her narrative. In both communities, political leadership was important. The Wampanoag Indians were lead by Massasoit and their heirs while the English were lead by King Charles II: both political leaderships are heredity in nature. Peace treaty is important in solving problems and the leaders who signed the treaty held closely the contents of the treaty. The death of the original signatories such as Governor Bradford and Chief Massasoit played an important role towards the war/conflict. This illustrates it negate the characterization features because it allows and champions peace through the encouraging interdependence. The cause of the war was the misunderstanding between the two larger communities, which turned the Native Americans to become…show more content…
Rowlandson came from a family of economic strength since the father, John White, was the wealthiest citizen. The Native Americans who either turned to Christianity or captured during the war were sold into slavery locally and abroad. Moreover, Boston people raised twenty pounds through public participation as a ransom for Mrs. Rowlandson. The “causless enmity” can be viewed from the perspective of English colonists and Native Americans. English colonists did not trust the Native Americans even after conversion, and they were ready to sell them and it is attributed to the enmity between the two populations and related cultures. On the other hand, Mrs. Rowlandson was released after paying the ransom indicating that the Native Americans wanted some form of compensation compared to what their relatives and community members were sold into
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